- Maria slams into Puerto Rico Miami Herald, live updates page.
(El Nueva Dia, the San Juan daily, is incommunicado.)
> Hurricane Maria has inflicted a devastating blow to Puerto Rico’s already damaged region, with as much as 90 percent of the island now without electricity, according to Gov. Ricardo Rossello.
” My teacher is crying in class … her family is in danger in Puerto Rico…y’all please pray for Puerto Rico or try and help.” Festive Gay on Twitter
- Death to Obamacare– and damn the consequences Axios
“I am just in shock how no one actually cares about the policy any more.”
> “Went to the Senate today to say @POTUS & I fully support Graham-Cassidy plan to repeal/replace Obamacare. Let’s get this done.” VP Mike Pence on Twitter
> “Republicans are trying one last Hail Mary to repeal Obamacare. The plan? If you get sick, say a Hail Mary.” Stephen Colbert on Twitter
- Hurricanes, flood insurance and the dangers of “business as usual” Phys.Org.
… But our research suggests that even for those fortunate enough to have insurance cover, the path to recovery is tortuous. Flood-afflicted communities have likened dealing with loss adjustors, insurers, and subsequently contractors to being as “traumatic as the flood itself”. More fundamentally, the industry’s promotion of a rapid return to normality undermines efforts to create a more resilient society by reducing opportunities to adapt to future flooding
- ‘It’s All Very Grim’: Hurricane Irma Leaves Behind
a Broken Paradise in the Florida Keys Motherboard
- Florida GOPer warns Duke power over slow storm response: ‘I’m done taking money from them… in this cycle’ Raw Story
- Does education “cure” poverty? These experts say no. AlterNet
- Opiods on the job are vexing American employers Bloomberg
> Factories, with their heavy machinery, are where drug-abusing workers can do the most immediate harm to themselves and their colleagues. Even there, employers are tempted to look the other way, according to Mike Galiazzo, president of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland.
> “I have heard manufacturers over the years say, ’We wish we didn’t have to test for drugs,’ because they lose money when they can’t fill those positions,’’ he said.
—- 41 states join to probe opiod makers NPR
- As Apple slows, fast-moving Chinese rivals gain Reuters
> Slowing innovation at iPhone maker Apple gives Asian rivals their best chance yet to conquer developed markets, retailers and consumers say – thanks to better designs and lower prices.
> Chinese manufacturers’ rapid growth has been fueled by strong domestic sales, but they now export 40 percent of their smartphones, almost double the number just three years ago.
> Huawei, whose smartphone shipments to Europe jumped more than 50 percent in the first half of this year, is poised to overtake Apple as the world’s second-largest vendor.
> The Chinese firm’s confidence was on show in a short Facebook video ad ahead of its “RealAIphone” launch next month, using a clown to poke fun at Apple’s facial recognition feature.
- US making it harder for skilled foreign workers The Hill
- Mexico earthquake:
>>> Rescue workers dig for survivors at collapsed school Buzz Feed
>>> Death toll 217 and climbing Voice of America